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Junior Achievement Day – SAVE THE DATES

Instructional volunteers are needed to participate in Junior Achievement Day on Friday, April 28.

More information on specific times and a SignUpGenius to register will be coming in the next few weeks.

We Heard You!!! One major change from past years is that a one-hour training session will be made available to adult volunteers who would benefit from an orientation, a review of the instructional kits, and sharing of best practices to make the program easier and more fun.  While optional, it is strongly recommended that you attend.  The training session will be on Monday, April 3 at 6:30pm in at the school’s Media Center.  Your individual instructional kits will be available for pick up at that time.

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St. Patrick’s Day! Did You Know?

Did you wear green on Friday? Have an Irish meal? Drink Green Milk? Well, of course! It’s become an American tradition for everyone to feel a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But, here are 10 facts you might not have known:

There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.

There are seven places in the United States named after the shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland, including Mount Gay-Shamrock, WV; Shamrock, TX; Shamrock Lakes, IN; and Shamrock, OK.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1766, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.

Today, more than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States.

For many years, Dripsey in County Cork had the world’s shortest parade, just 77 feet, the distance between two pubs – The Weigh Inn and The Lee Valley.

The humble shamrock was originally a teaching tool. St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish.

For many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick’s blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.

Leprechauns live in the forest, making shoes and fixing them all day. They have amassed an amazing treasure trove of gold over the years, and they protect their treasure.  Female Leprechauns Do Not Exist, which may explain why leprechauns are so unfriendly.

Saint Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. He changed it after entering priesthood to Patricius. He was from Wales, but is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and has become its Patron Saint.

General George Washington, a member of Philadelphia’s Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, actively encouraged Irish American patriots to join the Continental Army. On Evacuation Day, March 17, 1776, the General Orders issued by Washington were that those wishing to pass through Continental Army lines should give the password “Boston,” to which the reply should be “St. Patrick.” Later, in 1780, while camped in Morristown, NJ, General Washington allowed his troops a holiday on 17 March “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.” This event became known as The Saint Patrick’s Day Encampment of 1780.

So, now you know that celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is not just “an Irish thing,” it’s an American tradition!

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Spring 2017 Book Fair!

Crofton Elementary School is gearing up to host it’s Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

We need volunteers to help set-up (3/29), assist students browsing (3/30 & 3/31), assist students during buying days (4/3-4/7), assist with family night (4/6), and then pack everything up at the conclusion (4/7).

Parent volunteers play a big part in making sure school events are successful and fun for the kids… your time and effort are greatly appreciated!

To sign up for your spot, please use the Sign-Up Genius link here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4daaaa2aa57-spring

 

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Driver & Pedestrian Safety Reminder

Now that we have survived what will hopefully be the last snow storm of SY 2016-17, we can focus our attention on some warmer spring weather. That means more children playing outdoors, in our neighborhoods. Here are two safety tips for you and your family members to remember:

#1 – Drivers Remain Focused. We can be easily distracted while driving.  Mobile phones, food, beverages, loud music, loud passengers. As a driver, your number one priority is to ensure that your passengers and nearby pedestrians are safe. Eliminate those distractions from the moment you get in the car. Enable Bluetooth and only speak on the phone if its important. Limit food and beverages to only those items that you can easily access from cup holders. Bring the volume down on the tunes, and lay down the law with passengers about using “inside voices”.

#2- Pedestrians Be Aware. Recent stories have been circulating on social media about OUR kids stepping in to local streets, noses in their smartphones, unaware of their surroundings…particularly with oncoming vehicles. Remind your children of the “look both ways” rule, even your teenagers. Coach your kids that when playing in the yard or on cul-de-sacs, that they need to be on the lookout for vehicles. Practice what you preach and be equally mindful when walking with your children on sidewalks, crossing streets and walking in parking lots. Put the technology away for a few minutes and be aware of your surroundings.

And while these go without saying, I’ll say them anyway…

  • Never text message while driving — especially while approaching our schools and while on school property. While it is against Maryland state law, its also really irresponsible!
  • Pay particular attention during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times for pedestrians and school buses. Kids may step out of nowhere and run across the street, having a false sense of security that the flashing lights will protect them. YOU need to protect them.
  • Oncoming school buses with yellow flashing lights does not mean you should speed up to get passed it. It means slow down and prepare to stop. This year, there have been a number of close calls where drivers have nearly hit children in the proximity of school buses.
  • When on school grounds, be a role model, and follow the rules. If told to pull forward in the hug n’ hop lane, pull forward. If you need to help your student get something out of the car, then do so at your leisure in the parking lot, not the hug n’ hop lane. Its not a valet service — its meant to be a quick drop-off and pick-up lane. If a sign says “No Parking”, then find a designated parking spot, otherwise you are creating a public safety issue. Finally, never allow your child to exit the vehicle on the drivers side into oncoming traffic — always have them exit on the passenger side directly onto the sidewalk.
Make OUR children’s safety the number ONE priority!
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WANTED: PTA Officers for YOUR School

CES PTA is seeking self-nominations for the four (4) elected officers to next year’s Board, who are parents or guardians of students at our school, and may include CES teachers. The four elected officers are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The officers are unpaid volunteers, who are passionate about the mission of PTA and the value it delivers to our school community. The PTA can function without a vice president, however all other seats must be filled. Get involved and submit your self-nomination. For more information, click here.

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Ledo Pizza Monday Night – Support Your PTA!

Come join us for Ledo Pizza Night on Monday evening, March 6th. A portion of the gross sales are donated to our PTA by Scott Taggart, managing partner of Ledo Pizza at Eddie’s Place, 1286 Route 3 North, Crofton. Dine in or take-order, but just make sure you sign-in at the hostess stand to register your participation in this fundraiser.

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Become a PTA Leader

CES PTA is seeking self-nominations for the four (4) elected officers to next year’s Board, who are parents or guardians of students at our school, and may include CES teachers. The four elected officers are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The officers are unpaid volunteers, who are passionate about the mission of PTA and the value it delivers to our school community. The PTA can function without a vice president, however all other seats must be filled. Get involved and submit your self-nomination. For more information, click here.

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URGENT – STEM Fair Judges Needed

There are over 80 projects and only two volunteer judges have signed up. Please support this great program by volunteering to be a judge on Monday, March 6. For more information and to sign-up, check out this SignUpGenius page TODAY:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49adac28a3ff2-stem

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CES vs. QES Basketball Showdown – Get Your Tickets!

Crofton Elementary School faculty and staff have been challenged by their peers at Quarterfield Elementary School to a fun and competitive game of basketball. Show (and wear) your school spirit — come out and cheer for your teachers! Game time is at 6:30pm on Friday, March 3 at Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie, MD 21061. We will be entertained by QES teachers with their half-time show. Also, there will be a 10-minute CES vs. QES 5th graders game.

We are limited to 200 tickets, and the net proceeds will go toward supporting physical education programs at YOUR school. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only through TicketLeap.com.

Go to this website to order tickets:

https://ces-pta.ticketleap.com/ces-bball-03-2017/

This event is hosted by/between Crofton Elementary School and Quarterfield Elementary School, and is not a PTA-sponsored event. Please direct all questions to the event organizer, Mr. Scott Gurien (aka Mr. G) at sgurien@aacps.org.

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Volunteers Needed – STEM Fair Judges

Crofton Elementary School is hosting its annual STEM Fair on Next Monday, March 6th. The faculty have requested adult volunteers to judge the students’ projects. You do not need to have a science, technology or engineering background to be a judge. Volunteers use a score card or rubric to evaluate the science projects. If you are interested in volunteering, check out this SignUpGenius page for more details:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49adac28a3ff2-stem